An upcoming October -- make that Rocktober -- promotion by archive label Rhino Records will bring a number of rock's classic titles to vinyl during the month.
Each Tuesday during October Rhino will release limited edition (usually around 2,500 copies) vinyl reissues of the albums, some with colored vinyl and posters. The schedule, according to an announcement by the label, includes:
October 4 -- Deep Purple, "Machine Head" (U.S. only, limited to 2,500 copies, clear vinyl); Foreigner, "4" (U.S. only, 2,400 copies, red vinyl); Jet, "Get Born" (U.S. only, 180 gram vinyl); Twisted Sister, "Stay Hungry" (U.S. only, 2,500 copies, black and pink starburst vinyl, band poster)
October 11 -- Iron Butterfly, "Heavy" (180 gram vinyl); ZZ Top, "Eliminator" (red vinyl)
October 18 -- Alice Cooper, "Billion Dollar Babies" (U.S. only, 3,000 copies, green, orange and yellow marble vinyl, $1 billion bill insert); Small Faces, "First Step" (orange vinyl); The Stooges, "The Stooges" (gold and brown vinyl)
October 25 -- Buckcherry, "15" (U.S. only, 10th anniversary edition); Heaven & Hell, "The Devil You Know" (U.S. only, 2,000 copies, dark orange and gold vinyl with etching on Side 4, band poster) The Flamin' Groovies, "Groovies Greatest Grooves" (2 LP), T. Rex, "T. Rex" (North America only, remastered on vinyl and CD)
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.